benefits of coconut oil for your skin

Is anyone else ready for Spring yet? I’m VERY, VERY ready to say the least. Don’t get me wrong, I love the snow…until the end of December, and then I’m fine if it goes away for good.

Much to my dismay (and my two-year old’s delight) we’re still waist deep in snow here in Colorado.

coconut oil for your skin

My little girl could spend all day in the snow if we let her. She must get that from her father. 😉 Not only do I hate being cold, but my skin takes a real beating after 4 months of the cold, dry air.

My face gets dry and patchy, and my hands crack and bleed. My daughter is the same way. It can be very uncomfortable and painful, and regular lotion wasn’t cutting it, so I took it to our FB page, and this is what you gals had to say. There were so many great comments!

A lot of you recommended coconut oil, and I’m so glad you did! I’m hooked.

coconut oil for your skin

Have you ever googled the health benefits of coconut oil? Wow. I was blown away by all of the research done on this stuff. It claims to not only be great for the inside of your body, but the outside as well. I’m here to tell you it is an EXCELLENT skin moisturizer.

I use it on my face, my arms, legs, HANDS, everywhere. Even my dry lips. Coconut oil has a hard consistency, until it is warmed by your hands, and then you just rub the liquid onto your skin until it is aborbed.

coconut oil for your skin

Just putting this on a few times a day has made a huge difference.

If my hands are particularly bad, I’ll cake the coconut oil on, get some gloves, and sleep with them on to lock the moisture in longer.

It’s like a deep conditioning treatment for your hands. 😉

coconut oil for your skin

I just had a the most beautiful baby boy a few weeks ago. One of the greatest things about coconut oil is that it is all natural, and I don’t have to worry about it irritating his sensitive baby skin.

It also helps soothe cradle cap, and is great for infant massages.

coconut oil for your skin

I also have to mention I use coconut oil for my baby’s diaper rash. It works like a charm!

coconut oil for your skin

I love the fact my skin has become so much softer and smoother without the use of expensive skin-care products. Plus it smells good too. 😉


Not only is it a great moisturizer, but Coconut oil is also said to help with anti-aging and wrinkes, stretch marks, and skin problems such as acne and eczema. Wowza!

While we’re on the this topic, read how Lara uses coconut oil to make her hair luciously smooth, and learn why coconut oil is Missy’s favorite ingredient of All. Time.  Also be sure to scroll down Missy’s post and read the comments – TONS of other great ideas for how to use this stuff. Ya, we are obsessed around here.

Are you a coconut oil lover also? How do you moisturize your skin in the winter?

coconut oil for your skin

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    1. February 22nd, 2012 at 6:40 am
      gina says:
      Congrats on the little guy! Hope this isnt TMI but I used coconut oil on my breasts when they got really dry - I nursed both of my kids and never worried if they got some of this in their mouth or on their skin
      • February 22nd, 2012 at 8:02 am
        alysha says:
        I've heard that really works Gina! Thanks for sharing!
    2. February 22nd, 2012 at 8:01 am
      Alison says:
      Oh sweet baby! Thanks for posting these pictures and this post as my daughters hands are super cracked and she screams with any lotion we put on her hands.
    3. February 22nd, 2012 at 8:17 am
      Shelley says:
      Three cheers for coconut oil. I need to try it on my skin. I just made brownies with it last night. To die for. ---Can I hold your baby? Pretty please?!!!
      • February 22nd, 2012 at 8:17 am
        Shelley says:
        PS. I love with your daughter's snowman. ;)
    4. February 22nd, 2012 at 8:20 am
      Sam says:
      I've used coconut oil on my skin for years and it is the. best. I didn't realized it helped with diaper rash though! awesome!
    5. February 22nd, 2012 at 8:45 am
      Charissa says:
      My grandma is really into coconut oil too, we put it on our corn on the cob and popcorn! Yum! And used it on my dry hands and my daughters dry legs. Great stuff! :-) p.s. I recomend to bottles, one for the food and one for the body :-)
    6. February 22nd, 2012 at 8:48 am
      Anonyvox says:
      Your little guy is absolutely adorable. Congrats!
      • February 22nd, 2012 at 10:12 am
        alysha says:
        Thank you so much! :)
    7. February 22nd, 2012 at 9:11 am
      Jenn says:
      I had the beginnings of a cold sore a couple weeks ago, first one in ten years. I put coconut oil on it before bed one night and IT WAS GONE THE NEXT MORNING!! I have heard of thousands of uses from moisturizing to mouth rinses. Amazing what we find in nature isn't it!?!?
    8. February 22nd, 2012 at 9:34 am
      heather says:
      can you use coconut oil on your hair?
      • February 22nd, 2012 at 10:06 am
        Shelley says: :) Just did this, this morning.
      • February 22nd, 2012 at 10:12 am
        alysha says:
        I use it on my hair all the time as well as my skin and love it. :)
    9. February 22nd, 2012 at 5:00 pm
      Missy says:
      I wish I had found this stuff when my kids were babies so I could've used it on them! I agree with the comment of one jar for the food and one for the skin. I learned the hard way that bread crumbs are not very fun to rub on your legs.;)
      I can't believe I am saying this because I have a serious addiction to coconut oil, but I just tried almond oil on my skin and I think I like it even better.
      I get your adorable baby after Shelley. ;)
    10. February 22nd, 2012 at 7:55 pm
      mandy says:
      great tip! I had my 2nd baby boy 4 months ago and definitely prefer to use all natural stuff for him. Also, as a breastfeeding mom, I would love to have an alternative to try rather than the antibiotic ointment I just had to use :( So, very good to know...thanks!
      • February 28th, 2012 at 4:03 pm
        Trisha says:
        Hi Mandy.

        Pure Lanonlin is really good for breast feeding moms too. The hospital game a sample and it worked great. I think you can get it at any Natural Foods store.
    11. February 22nd, 2012 at 9:46 pm
      Kristen says:
      I heard this was good to use on a baby's butt before their first bowel movement. It makes it easier to clean off their skin after those first couple really gross diapers.

      I think this is hysterical that you posted this because I'm sitting here with the very coconut oil that you have pictured and had just put it on my hands.
    12. February 23rd, 2012 at 10:36 am
      Sarah says:
      I love you for this. My hands were literally so cracked and dry they were bleeding nightly. Cuticles? Gone. Bloody stumps hello! I tried every dang moisturizer and they all made it worse. Grabbed a jar at Walmart yesterday, cracked it open in the car and within an hour my hands were soft, the stinging was gone and I was a happy camper. Tried it on the kiddos mini diaper rash... ooo what a great reaction for that. It even worked on the around the mouth rash she had from the binkies. And she much preferred the coconut taste to Vaseline. Love love love!
      • February 23rd, 2012 at 12:11 pm
        Shelley says:
        Three cheers for coconut oil!! ;) So glad you are loving it.
    13. February 23rd, 2012 at 11:47 am
      Julie says:
      I like it on my body very much, but as someone prone to acne, it made my face break out. A lot. I've heard good things about walnut oil on your face if coconut breaks you out, but haven't tried it.
      • February 23rd, 2012 at 12:41 pm
        alysha says:
        Good to know Julie! Thanks for sharing! :) Let us know if the walnut oil works!
      • March 9th, 2015 at 8:07 pm
        Tina says:
        My daughter in law used it to clear her face up. She swished it around in her mouth and said it did great.
    14. February 23rd, 2012 at 12:56 pm
      Kathy says:
      Love, love, love coconut oil! Thanks for the post. BTW, I also love the ear flap hat and mittens. Can you direct me to the pattern or website where purchased?

      Many thanks!
      • February 27th, 2012 at 3:37 pm
        Alysha says:
        Hi Kathy! The mittens are from babygap, and I actually couldn't find her hat that day that go with her mittens, so she's wearing my hat from Forever 21. :)
    15. February 27th, 2012 at 1:28 pm
      Rose :: says:
      oh, what a darling baby!
      • February 27th, 2012 at 3:35 pm
        Alysha says:
        Aw, that's so sweet Rose. Thank you!
    16. February 28th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
      Tamara says:
      I use coconut oil on my face every day! I love how light it is, yet very moisturizing.
    17. February 28th, 2012 at 1:45 pm
      Jaclyn F. says:
      I swear by coconut oil for my baby's diaper rash. Her bottom was bad, bleeding, blistered and we tried 5 different Rx's, not to mention the numerous OTC creams, NOTHING worked. That is until I started using coconut oil. Within 1 week of her being on it, gone. Totally. No more sore bottom for my princess!
    18. February 28th, 2012 at 1:46 pm
      Jacque says:
      I LURV coconut oil! I went no 'poo about 2 months ago. The coconut oil helps keep it deep conditioned and b-e-a-utiful! I need/want to get some more tho!
      I use it in place of all kins of things, butter and oil, hair conditioner, moisturizer... etc etc!
      And your baby is soooooooooo precious!
    19. February 28th, 2012 at 2:06 pm
      charna scarpati says:
      You have me sold as my excema is breaking out like crazy from wedding stress. My medicine isn't even working fully.

      I just have no idea where to get this, can I get it at Trader Joe's, regular food store?

      • February 28th, 2012 at 4:04 pm
        AprilDawn says:
        Google "Virgin coconut oil". Its cheaper to get it off the internet than to get it at health food stores!! I have gotten some from different places- tropical traditions has a ton of good info about coconut oil and its uses on their site and green pasture is good too. Make sure you get Virgin coconut oil for the best benefits (cold pressed is best- doesn't use chemicals)! Oh and you should eat some too! Tastes great and is so good for you from the inside out.
      • March 31st, 2013 at 3:02 pm
        Rosie says:
        Trader Joe's has it and priced quite well at $5.99 for 16 oz.
    20. February 28th, 2012 at 2:23 pm
      Barbara says:
      Coconut Oil is a favorite in our home :) It has proven itself in many ways!! Congratulations on your bundle of joy!!
    21. February 28th, 2012 at 2:42 pm
      Heidi says:
      Thanks! Can't wait to try it! I have some in my fridge thankfully! My hands are currently cracked and bleeding too :/
    22. February 28th, 2012 at 2:44 pm
      Julie says:
      I recently took an infant massage class and coconut oil was one of the top recommendations (along with sesame oil). I need to use it more on my cracked feet.

      I've heard (haven't tested much yet) that coconut oil is great for, um, shall we say, "initmate encounters". (blush).
    23. February 28th, 2012 at 3:58 pm
      AprilDawn says:
      I looove virgin coconut oil! I even use it as a base for toothpaste. Since its difficult to get out of the jar at room temp I made mine into a whipped "body butter"!! I put coconut oil in a bowl and added a couple drops of sweet almond oil (vitamin E would work well too) and whipped it up using my hand mixer! Now it stays soft in the jar and I use it even more than I did before!! If you like a couple drops of your fave EO are good additions. So is sugar and it turns into a sugar scrub for the shower!
    24. February 28th, 2012 at 4:05 pm
      Brandy says:
      Thank you so much for this post. i sat crying today because of my daughters eczema and diaper rash. i just ordered the oil! I can't wait to try it and see if we can avoid the flair ups. My dr. said use crisco oil but I like this idea much better.
    25. February 28th, 2012 at 4:08 pm
      Dawn says:
      Thanks for the Coconut oil benefit clue in! Congratulations on your new baby boy. He is precious! Thanks for sharing!
    26. February 28th, 2012 at 4:45 pm
      Andrea says:
      I think I need to try out this coconut oil. I have these crazy calluses on my knees and even ankles. Don't know how or why they are there (could have something to do with little kids and crawling on the floor with them), but I can't find anything to to get rid of the grey, chapped skin. It's so bad I can't even wear a skirt that shows my knees. Hoping coconut oil will help me to have fabulous looking legs in summer.
      • February 28th, 2012 at 5:32 pm
        aj says:
        Andrea, just wanted to know if you have ever heard of this:

        Acanthosis nigricans (EH-can-THO-sis NI-greh-cans) is a skin disorder characterized by abnormally increased coloration (hyperpigmentation) and "velvety" thickening (hyperkeratosis) of the skin

        It occurs a lot on knees, elbows,around the neck and armpits.
        It is a sign of insulin resistance.

        I had it on my knees too, but didn't know what it was... just wanted to bring it up as it might apply to you.

        It is funny because I remember when I was around 6 y/o I remember my Mom scrubbing my knees forever because she was trying to get them clean and the dry callusy looking stuff off...but now I know it was AN.
        I also remember being a teen and being incredibly embarassed one summer because I had the same dark patches on my arm pits. I didn't know why, and thought I was a freak. I didn't let anyone see it, and it eventually went away.

        Years later after I became a true Type 2 diabetic I learned about Ancanthosis Nigricans and recognized that it had happened to me several times throughout my life, although I did not know that I had an insulin resistance problem back then.

        Look it up on the internet if you want more info.

        I love coconut oil and think it is definitely great for our bodies.
        I don't have the AN anymore much, maybe just a little around my neck...which I do use the EVCO on but don't know if it in itself helps. Definitely better than other lotions bought at the store.
    27. February 28th, 2012 at 5:47 pm
      Cory says:
      Most mommies think their babies are beautiful but, your son is definitely adorable. What a beautiful picture of the two of you. Congratulations to you! Oh, and thank you for the coconut oil info.

      • March 10th, 2012 at 5:17 pm
        Alysha says:
        Cory, how sweet of you to say! Thank you!
    28. February 28th, 2012 at 6:41 pm
      Deeb27 says:
      Wow! Oh! Wow! I have some coconut oil I got from the grocery and all...I will keep and use, but I can't wait to get Vita Cost's own 54 oz. Organic Coconut Oil! I can taste and smell it even before I receive it in the mail! Thanks!
    29. February 28th, 2012 at 6:43 pm
      Deebi27 says:
      Wow! Oh! Wow! I have some coconut oil I got from the grocery store…organic and all…I will keep and use, but I can’t wait to get Vita Cost’s own 54 oz. Organic Coconut Oil! I can taste and smell it even before I receive it in the mail! Thanks!

      (2nd entry...misspelled my name...duh!
    30. February 28th, 2012 at 8:50 pm
      susan b says:
      I LOVE coconut oil, I am using it for cooking, my husband's chapped lips, etc. but the funniest thing is when I slather it on my hands before bed my dog cannot stop trying to lick my hands while I am trying to go to sleep..I guess my dog loves it too!
    31. February 29th, 2012 at 7:17 am
      Andi says:
      I saw this post and just had to share this. I lived in Kenya for a year and became really familiar with Basa Body, a company that sells virgin coconut oil products. The great thing about this company is that you can buy awesome coconut oil products, but also benefit impoverished women in rural Africa. These women produce the oil that Basa Body uses in all of its products. You can visit their website at
      • February 13th, 2014 at 1:06 pm
        Janet Fisher says:
        Love being able to help others in need - great suggestion!

    32. February 29th, 2012 at 9:38 pm
      wildflowercat says:
      I have recently fallen in love with the coconut milk in the dairy case. It is wonderful on cereal. Now I am gonna try it in the outside of me!
    33. March 10th, 2012 at 2:49 pm
      Vicki says:
      Wow, used the coupon to purchase the coconut oil, tried it last night and my eczema patches are almost gone. My skin in general feels so much better. Going to try it on my hair today. Thank you so much!!!
      • March 10th, 2012 at 5:15 pm
        Alysha says:
        Vicki, that is AWESOME!! I'm so happy it worked for you! :)
    34. March 11th, 2012 at 7:50 pm
      Mallory says:
      I tried coconut oil on my babys cradle cap, and it made his head smell SO rancid for days! I had to shampoo twice and scrub with a brush before the rancid smell went away. It was awful.

      And I have tried using it for my dry cracking cuticles, but I find that i have to keep reapplying many times throughout the day. I have also tried it on psoriasis spots on myself, and excema on my son... all to no avail. I wanted so badly to love it, but I just dont :(
      • March 11th, 2012 at 11:10 pm
        Alysha says:
        Oh no! I'm so sorry you had a bad experience. My little baby has BAD cradle cap, and it has helped it so much, I'm stumped! I hope you find something that works for you. Thanks for sharing. :)
      • May 2nd, 2012 at 2:38 pm
        Lauralee says:
        It made my babies head stink too but it helped better than anything else out there!
    35. May 2nd, 2012 at 2:28 pm
      Lauralee says:
      I love that you shared this! I used Coconut Oil for my babies Cradle Cap, their diaper rashes...they have never used lotion on their skin, only coconut oil. I use it on my skin, and my hair. It is great for breakouts! It is a staple in my home!
    36. March 13th, 2013 at 3:50 pm
      Karin SC says:
      I just scrolled down quickly regarding the coconut oil comments. Just thought I would tell you what I did with it. I took the coconut oil and put it in my blender and whipped it up. I was tired of of digging my finger nails in it. So much easier to use when whipped. Then I put it in a jar and labeled it Skin, Face, Body Lotion 100% Coconut Oil. I use it all the time and a little dab goes a long way. Hope this helps. Karin
    37. March 13th, 2013 at 3:50 pm
      Karin SC says:
      I just scrolled down quickly regarding the coconut oil comments. Just thought I would tell you what I did with it. I took the coconut oil and put it in my blender and whipped it up. I was tired of of digging my finger nails in it. So much easier to use when whipped. Then I put it in a jar and labeled it Skin, Face, Body Lotion 100% Coconut Oil. I use it all the time and a little dab goes a long way. Hope this helps. Karin
    38. June 13th, 2013 at 3:05 am
      Tami says:
      I use it for a natural underarm deodorant. I just apply a light amount under each armpit and then dust over it with baking soda using a make up brush I have dedicated just for this and it really does work. I had been using the OTC "prescription strength" deodorants and they still were not working. If only I had known that this would prevent me from contaminating my body with all that extra aluminum!
    39. June 13th, 2013 at 7:01 am
      Lois says:
      I have used coconut oil (extra virgin) for years for my insides and out! It is also a natural sunscreen with no chemicals. Love it!
    40. June 13th, 2013 at 8:49 am
      katherine says:
      I use coconut oil as makeup remover!! Takes it all off, even waterproof mascara! love it...
    41. February 22nd, 2014 at 4:22 am
      Vali says:
      i love coconut oil too :-)
      xoxo from switzerland
    42. February 26th, 2014 at 1:08 pm
      Erin Oldham says:
      I have to try this today!! Between the cold outside and our woodstove inside to keep us cozy, my skin feels like it is dying!! Thank you so much for sharing.
    43. February 26th, 2014 at 1:10 pm
      Michele E says:
      We started using it 4 weeks ago as a mouth wash. The blogs we read said swish a tablespoon for 20 minutes. and that's what we've been doing. I have noticed my teeth are a little whiter!
    44. October 8th, 2014 at 11:19 pm
      Patricia says:
      I use coconut oil to remove my makeup before I wash my face. It is wonderful! I also use it in most cooking that calls for oil or shortening.
    45. October 9th, 2014 at 5:35 am
      Mariah says:
      Wow! We grew up with coconut oil in Tonga (40yrs ago now) as our only moisturiser, both for the skin and hair and made our own :) Imagine my shock when people started cooking with it. Even though we used coconut milk for food we never thought to use the oil to cook with. Needless to say, I cant stand the smell now :-/
    46. October 11th, 2014 at 3:28 pm
      Zania Kaas says:
      My daughter suffers from atopic dermatitis. We have tried every lotion and moisturizer on the Danish market, the only ones with minimal effect was steroid cream from the pharmacy
      And then we tried coconut oil... She's had ONE... only one outbreak in over a year! At she smells absolutely fantastic :-)
    47. November 6th, 2014 at 7:38 pm
      Anna Sargent says:
      Question: If you use the coconut oil as a body lotion, will it stain your clothing, sheets, etc. since it is an oil?

      Congrats on your sweet boy!
    48. November 8th, 2014 at 1:01 am
      Tara says:
      I am so in love with coconut oil! I use it for everything... moisturizer, substitute for shaving cream, which works wonders and on my 3 year old daughter's eczema. It is definitely, hands down the best for dry skin, skin issues and everything.! I am going to recommend it to my sister for her new baby girl. I no longer have children in diapers! :)
    49. February 9th, 2015 at 9:08 am
      veronica haynes says:
      Chris if anyone know of any brands that don't smell so Coconutty... I can't stand the smell our taste, but would love to use it on myself and 3 boys.
    50. December 9th, 2015 at 12:27 pm
      Jessica P says:
      My skin is quite dry and especially so on my legs, being a woman of a certain age, and the Made from Earth Valencia Orange Lotion does the trick perfectly. Really like this skin cream! No horrible nasties in it. Smells beautifully of oranges .
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